Acrylic paints can be thinned by adding water, a pouring medium, or using an acrylic binder.
We recommend using a minimum of 1 part GOLDEN Medium to 10 parts water to thin acrylics above a 1:20 ratio, or whenever more durability is needed. Doing so will increase film strength and lower sensitivity to both water and other GOLDEN Mediums and Varnishes.
Mix together water and dish soap first. Each color of acrylic paint should be squirted into a cup. Mix the water and dish soap solution until it is runny. After you have smacked the cup down on to the canvas, open the side down so the paint touches the canvas, then let it dry.
Mix together water and dish soap first. Each color of acrylic paint should be squirted into a cup. Mix the water and dish soap solution until it is runny. Tap the bottom of the cup before lifting it so that the paint runs down as much as possible.
Acrylic without water (just pigment and polymer binder only) will produce a paint film layer that looks juicy, glossy and substantial when applied over any surface. The surface could be absorbent or non-absorbent, colored or white.
You can thin water-based acrylic paint with isopropyl (rubbing alcohol). The recommended amount of alcohol you can use to dilute paint is up to 20%. The use of alcohol will accelerate drying and can result in uneven application. Thinning acrylic paint with alcohol is NOT a recommended thinning method.
Adding up to 30 percent water to acrylic paint thins it but still allows it to coat a surface. Adding 60 percent or more water creates a watery paint application called a wash. Rubbing a wash into an absorbent surface so that only a hint of the color remains is called a stain.
Adding olive oil to acrylic paints will not work. There is no oil inacrylic paints, as they are water-based paints. The rancid nature of the olive oil precedes its drying, making it less dry.
A ratio of one part paint to three parts water should be enough to break down the acrylic binder so that the paint acts like watercolor. Also use fluid acrylics for glazing over another color, for creating drips (an eye dropper works well for this), for bleeding colors into each other, and for pouring.
Acrylic paint has acrylic polymer as its binder and this forms a film after the water has evaporated. Vehicle - this refers to the part of the paint that carries the pigment and binder. Water is the vehicle for water-based acrylic and when combined with the binder, it creates a polymer emulsion.
Use an acrylic gel or medium that extends the "open" time of the acrylics, so that the acrylics will stay wet for longer periods of time. These acrylic mediums are usually called "retarders" or "slow-dry mediums", and you'll need to mix these into your acrylics after applying them to your palette.
To blend acrylics like oils, use slow drying acrylics or add a retarder to your favorite brand of acrylic paint. You can make acrylics as thick and as glossy as oils by mixing acrylic gel into the paint. Being able to mix colors accurately is a skill that helps with creating the oil painting look with acrylics.
Paint made with isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) may thin with water-based acrylics. Alcohol can be used as a diluting agent in excess of 20% in some cases. Alcohol will accelerate drying, and uneven application can occur with its use. The consumption of alcohol by thinning acrylic paint is NOT recommended.
Add water. Dip your paintbrush in a cup of clean water and then gently tap the water from your brush onto the paint. Carefully work the water into the paint using your brush, adding more water if necessary, until the paint becomes more liquid. Add a product like Flow-Aid Fluid Additive or Acrylic Flow Improver.
A ratio of 2 parts pouring medium to one part acrylic and one part isopropyl alcohol will give great results.
If I use acrylics from a tube or a jar, I usually wet my paintbrush and then drip a bit of water onto the paint and mix it together until it gets nice and fluid, adding more water when/if necessary.
Acrylic paint can be used on fabric. You can use acrylic paint on fabrics, but you will need to mix your paint colors with acrylic medium or textile paint. A piece of fabric cannot be painted with regular acrylic paint without the medium, so expect it to work.
PVA Glue (also known as Elmer's Glue All in the US) can be used to make a very inexpensive DIY pouring medium. PVA Glue does all the basics fairly well, and has all the binding ability you'd expect from an adhesive.
A ghost pour is a variation on a swipe that starts from the center and swipes outwards to both sides, leaving ghostlike images of the swipes mirroring each other.
Water can´t be used instead of pouring medium. Water changes the consistency of acrylic paint but it also changes the pigment density of the paint. Water will also hinder the paint from properly adhering to the painting surface.